Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

Funding for about a quarter of all federal programs expired at midnight on Friday, including the departments of Justice, Agriculture and Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, President Trump offered Christmas well-wishes to troops serving overseas. "The whole thing is juvenile".

Some 800,000 government workers are affected. "I want the shutdown to end as soon as possible, but how I want it to end is for Congress to do their job and pass this bill because we need better border security. Once I wanted it, they didn't agree", Mr. Trump said.

Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours' notice before having to return for a vote.

Erwin admits that while the employees they represent might have a range of opinions about Trump's proposed border wall, there appears to be unanimity that the government should not be shut down because of it.

"I don't care if you call it a slat, a fence, a wall - it's not happening", Banderas added.

Trump indicated that he will not budge from his position on border wall. Particularly concerning to congressional Democrats is the possibility of rewarding Trump for threatening to shut down the government over a policy demand, which they said could establish a unsafe precedent.


On Wednesday, expert panelists on CNN tried to analyze President Donald Trump's recent actions, including perpetuating a government shutdown over funding for the border wall. Many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown.

Numerous employees affected by the shutdown also don't work a traditional work week, said Ashley De Smeth, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Government Employees union.

"There may be a case of an Olympic champion who may get over the wall, but for the most part, you're not going to be able to do it", Trump said of getting around such a structure.

"I'm very concerned that you're holding the federal government hostage for your latest whim - that's a widespread feeling, and many Republicans privately share that concern", Connolly said. "I mean, we're gonna have a wall".

Trump didn't say how he's hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House. After Mexico repeatedly refused to do so, he began seeking US taxpayer funding for the wall, which he sees as vital to controlling illegal immigration. As previous presidents have done, Mr Trump signed an executive order designating Monday a federal holiday, so weekday employees weren't required to work.

Trump followed up on a Monday tweet in which he said he "just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas". In contrast, he's now ready for a reset and a shake-up of his Cabinet to surround himself with advisers more aligned to his political outlook, and he's coming to the view he should have done so from the start of his administration.

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